The Ministry of Education has received clearance to employ over 22,000 education workers –both teaching and non-teaching staff.
This comes after years of a temporary moratorium on employment in the education sector.
The Minister of Education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, who made the announcement of the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, said “the ministry has received clearance to replace, recruit, reappoint and re-instate 22,802 personnel of different categories, and has accordingly directed the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service to go through the process of employing these teaching and non-teaching staff.”
The Minister said the employment Ministry had commenced processes for the recruitment exercise, adding that, “the entire process of employment of these staff will be completed by the end of the year,” he said.
The Head of Public Relations at the Ministry of Education, Dan Usman Amin, in an interview with Citi News explained that, the recruitment exercise will be done based on declared vacancies in the various schools across the country.
“Some teachers have gone on retirement and there is the need for replacement. Others are also on study leave and that has created some vacancy…. We have regional and district directors of Education and they have declared vacancies in the various schools. The headmasters and headmistresses have also declared vacancies. The Ghana Education Service is aware of these vacancies and these are going to be filled at the regional level,” he said.
The ban on the recruitment of teachers generated public outcry especially from some newly trained teacher-groups who were unemployed after completing their academic work.
UTAG also decried the situation noting that, it was negatively affecting the delivery of quality education in the country.
The clearance for the teachers to be recruited is expected to boost the quality of teaching and learning in various levels of education in the face of a UNESCO report that suggests that the country needs to increase 10 per cent per year in order to achieve Universal Primary Education by 2020.